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Milanvovic Earns College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Honors

CLINTON, S.C.   – Presbyterian Blue Hose sophomore men’s tennis player Dusan Milanovic earned College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-District honors.

The 2023 Academic All-District Men's Tennis Team, selected by College Sports Communicators, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. With his selection, Milanovic moves onto the CSC Academic All-America ballot, and the Academic All-American teams will be announced at the end of May.

This season, Milanovic played a major role in helping the Blue Hose win the Big South Tournament Championship, a share of the Big South regular-season title, and earn the program's third bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Recently, Milanovic was named to the Big South All-Academic team. He has a 3.64 GPA and was a 2022 ITA Scholar-Athlete who has been a member of PC’s Dean’s List three times.

Milanovic is the first Presbyterian player to earn a bid to the NCAA Division I Singles Championship which begins on May 22. The doubles tandem of Milanovic and Max Benson is also the first doubles team in school history to earn a spot in the NCAA Division I Doubles Championship.

This year, Milanovic was voted Big South Player of the Year by the league's head coaches. Milanovic was a First Team All-Big South Singles selection and he teamed with Benson to form a First Team All-Big South Doubles team. The Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina native is now a two-time First Team All-Conference Singles and Doubles selection.

Milanovic is currently ranked No. 62 in the ITA Singles rankings. Benson and Milanovic are ranked No. 57 in the ITA Doubles Rankings.

This season in singles play, Milanovic, who has won 12 straight matches, has a 19-2 record at number one singles. The doubles tandem of Benson and Milanovic lead the team with 14 wins all at number one doubles.

 CLINTON, S.C. -- Presbyterian College women's tennis sophomore Valentina De Sousa has been named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District team.

The 2022-23 Academic All-District Tennis Team, selected by College Sports Communicators, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for the combined performances on the court and in the classroom. The CSC Academic All-America® program separately recognizes women's tennis honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

De Sousa was the team's Big South Academic Team honoree announced following the spring 2023 season.

De Sousa met the multifaceted criteria to make the CSC Academic All-District squad automatically advance to the All-America ballot to be announced in early June.

Valentina De Sousa

De Sousa earned five singles victories including a pair in league play as she played at the No. 4 & 5 spots in the Blue Hose lineup for much of the 2023 spring season. She grabbed a pair of wins to begin her season over Newberry and Lander before opening Big South play with a three-set victory over Gardner-Webb in the Blue Hose 4-3 win over the Runnin' Bulldogs. De Sousa also earned a non-conference win over Long Island and another league victory was tallied in singles against Longwood. She earned doubles wins with four different partners throughout the season. She grabbed a win against Newberry paired with freshman McKenzie Davis before a win at Clemson with sophomore Madison Dennett. De Sousa grabbed wins in league play over Campbell paired with freshman Varvara Nikolaeva and a conference win over Radford with sophomore Claudia Sanchez. She carries a 3.65 GPA and is currently undeclared on her major.